Hebrews 2

Posted: November 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

I woke up this morning with many things on my mind.  The Lord immediately started impressing truth into my thoughts. God taught me, through the Holy Spirit, who He is and what He is about…..

Some would say life isn’t fair.  We want to have our cake and eat it too.  Some would propose living life with knowledge of the gospel but without being saved and walking in it.  Some know the gospel and it effects every fiber of their being. Those people find deep passion to let people know the gospel but see that blinders are upon the recipients.  It’s life.  There will be struggle, sin to be dealt with, repentance, seeing the gospel ignored, seeing the Holy Spirit soften hearts, and also we will see hearts radically transform under the power of the gospel.  Truth sets us free to realize we are only a part of a grander story, something which may include relationship changes, people feeling convicted, people walking away from the Lord, and people falling deeply into a relationship with God.  We are out of control.  Then we read this:

Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2 For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, 4 while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.5 For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6 It has been testified somewhere,“What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels;you have crowned him with glory and honor,8 putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying,“I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”13 And again,“I will put my trust in him.”And again,“Behold, I and the children God has given me.”14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

There is nothing outside His control. NOTHING. Everything is subject to Jesus.  This means He rules regardless of pain, suffering, great relationships, bad relationships, people ignoring the gospel, people submitting their life to the Lord, lives changing for the better, lives continuing neck-deep in sin, and the list will continue on into eternity.  Why would the list keep going on into eternity?  Because our God is an eternal, self loving, all-powerful, all loving, just, infinitely good, jealous, benevolent, grace bestowing, mercy giving, great, amazing, unique in character, and only to be praised for who He is.  He was God yesterday, right now, in the future, and past what we can comprehend.  His just participation in this world should have destroyed everything as soon as sin entered the world.  He chose a different route.  He sent Jesus.  We would never wage war on sin by ourselves.  We will never make our life precious enough to Him to keep it, because at our best try we always fall short.  Our God is infinitely Holy, sustains his Glory, and makes it possible for us to be a part of that.  Either we are part or not.  Life doesn’t stop for us.  Life doesn’t even evolve around us.  Everything is under His feet.  Salvation is even His to give us.  Look at the big picture and see how glorious it is.  I dare you.

Jesus submitting to a humble life, dying a death on a cross, being buried in a tomb, and raising from the dead gives meaning to everything.  There is no life apart from this. There never will be.

  1. pap says:

    Well said brother Crawford , keep up the message. Like the Israelites, we need to be reminded of the reason why God even lets us take a simple breath.

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